Person: Suzuki, Michio
Michio Suzuki was a Japanese mathematician who studied group theory and discovered the groups named after him.
Mathematical Profile (Excerpt):
 Michio Suzuki studied at the Third High School of Japan in Kyoto, entering the school in April 1942.
 Quite often classes could not be held regularly and Suzuki had to go to work in the fields and factories with his classmates.
 The war was reaching its climax in April 1945 when Suzuki entered the University of Tokyo to study mathematics.
 Tokyo was often bombed and on those occasions Suzuki and his fellow students had to escape into the countryside.
 After his undergraduate studies, Suzuki began research in the University of Tokyo's graduate School in April 1948.
 In April 1951, while still working on his dissertation, Suzuki was appointed as a lecturer at Tokyo University of Education.
 Brauer's influence on Suzuki was highly significant and led him towards the most important areas.
 After spending academic year 195657 at Harvard University, Suzuki returned to the University of Illinois where he was promoted to associate professor in 1958 and full professor in 1959.
 Let us explain a little about the area in which Suzuki was working.
 In 1957 Suzuki made a major breakthrough.
 For those who know some group theory, we note that Suzuki proved that a finite group of odd order cannot be simple if the centraliser of every nonidentity element is abelian.
 Suzuki's discovery of a new class of finite simple groups in 1960 shook mathematics.
 In 1967 Suzuki discovered another new finite simple group.
 Let us return to our sketch of Suzuki's career.
 Although Professor Suzuki was affiliated with the University of Illinois from 1952 until his death, he had a profound influence on the development of group theory (and subsequently of algebraic combinatorics) in Japan.
 We believe it is fair to say that much of the respect given to group theory in Japan as a whole derives from that given to Professor Michio Suzuki as one of the top mathematicians in the world (of course, many other Japanese group theorists deserve credit: nonetheless, the influence of Professor Suzuki was extraordinary).
 Michio Suzuki received many honours for his contributions to group theory.
 In 1974 Suzuki was awarded the Academy Prize from theJapan Academy.
Born 2 October 1926, Chiba, Japan. Died 31 May 1998, Mitaka, Japan.
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